On October 31, 2017, the Boston Bar Association hosted a brown bag conversation – coordinated by KLG’s Courtney Feeley Karp – featuring Michael Judge, the Director of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources’ Renewable and Alternative Energy Division. Mike gave an in-depth presentation on the new SMART program and answered questions from the crowd. KLG also distributed a short quiz on SMART program mechanics. Take the quiz and check out the answers to gauge your SMART intelligence! /continue reading
Eversource's rate case before the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities is moving forward. In a first track involving issues other than rate design, discovery closed as of August 4, 2017 and intervenors' reply briefs are due August 18, 2017. Eversource is seeking approval of the merger of NSTAR Electric Company and WMECo, now referred to as Eversource East and Eversource West, as well as rate increases and a rate redesign that would impact both companies’ ratepayers. /continue reading
Last week's NECEC legislative round-up program -- attended by KLG's Courtney Feeley Karp and Jonathan Klavens -- confirmed that, despite a rocky legislative session in Maine and a disappointing failure to override Governor LePage’s vetoes, clean energy continues to make progress in legislatures throughout the Northeast. /continue reading
Drawing on its significant experience with solar project development, KLG recently submitted comments on the Massachusetts SMART program to point out some of the potential practical difficulties with the project segmentation rule proposed in the regulation issued by the Department of Energy Resources in June 2017. KLG believes the rule would create unnecessary barriers to solar project development on contiguous parcels of land. /continue reading
All of the Massachusetts electric distribution companies recently claimed that they are in compliance with their interconnection timeline requirements. A notice issued last week gives stakeholders until July 24, 2017 to submit comments on those claims. /continue reading
In the early stages of a renewable energy project, project developers must take steps to secure rights to the land on which the project will be located. This frequently means obtaining a long-term lease of the property, and sometimes means purchasing the property outright. Whether the project developer leases or purchases the project site, the developer is well-advised to obtain a preliminary title search before executing a letter of intent or offer to purchase the property and to commission a title exam of the property and obtain title insurance before closing on the lease or purchase. Even when no lender is involved in the early stages of project development, taking the appropriate steps to research title and mitigate title risks through the purchase of title insurance can be critical in laying the groundwork for future project development and financing. /continue reading
On September 30, 2016 at 12 pm, the Boston Bar Association's Environmental Section will host a brown bag discussion on the topic "The Commonwealth's Pipelines Issue, ENGIE & CLF v. DPU and Where We Go From Here." Speakers are Melissa G. Liazos of National Grid USA, David Ismay of Conservation Law Foundation, Joe Dalton of ENGIE North America, and Seth Schofield of the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General.
Facilitated by KLG's Courtney Feeley Karp, co-chair of the Energy Committee of the Environmental Section, speakers will discuss the legal issues raised in the case - ENGIE Gas & LNG LLC v. Department of Public Utilities, 475 Mass. 191 (2016) - as well as strategies to address the Commonwealth's energy needs and climate change goals.
Find event details here.